Airport Security Being Tightened Over Obama’s “Jayvee” Al Qaeda

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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In January, Obama said that ISIS and the Al Nusta Front weren’t anything to worry about.

Obama compared Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Iraq and Syria to junior varsity basketball players, downplaying their threat as small-league.

New Yorker editor David Remnick pointed out to the president that the Al Qaeda flag is now seen flying in Falluja in Iraq and in certain locations in Syria, and thus the terrorist group has not been “decimated” as Obama had said during his 2012 reelection campaign.

“The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama told Remnick. “I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.”

Obama kept insisting on this fundamental difference between the core Al Qaeda leadership and the franchises who were no threat to the US. (This distinction is common in the anti-war crowd, Rand Paul also used it.)

Now airport security is being tightened over all those jayvees.

Airlines with direct flights to the United States have been told to tighten screening of mobile phones and shoes in response to intelligence reports of increased threats from al Qaeda affiliated militant groups, U.S. officials said.

U.S. security agencies fear bombmakers from AQAP and the Islamist Nusra Front, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, are collaborating on plots to attack U.S. or Europe-bound planes with bombs concealed on foreign fighters carrying Western passports, the officials said.

U.S. officials say the United States has acquired evidence that Nusra and AQAP operatives have tested new bomb designs in Syria, where Nusra is one of the main Islamist groups fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

Unlike ISIS, to which it has now pledged allegiance, Al-Nusra would seem to be a bit busy, but you never know. And smartphones could be the least of it.

Authorities in Iraq say they have uncovered an al-Qaeda plot to use chemical weapons, as well as to smuggle them to Europe and North America.

Defence ministry spokesman Mohammed al-Askari said five men had been arrested after military intelligence monitored their activities for three months.

Three workshops for manufacturing the chemical agents, including sarin and mustard gas, were uncovered, he added.

Remote-controlled toy planes were also seized at the workshops. Mr Askari said they were to have been used to release the chemical agents over the target from a “safe” distance of 1.5km (1 mile)

That was last year. At that time we weren’t taking ISIS seriously. Now that disdain has backfired badly.

  • Pete

    decimate
    1. To destroy or kill a large part of (a group).
    2. a. To inflict great destruction or damage on: The fawns decimated my rose bushes.
    b. To reduce markedly in amount: a profligate heir who decimated his trust fund.
    3. To select by lot and kill one in every ten of.

    Am I missing something?

    Did Obama via the U.S. military kill 10% (or more) of Al Qaeda in general or 10% of their leadership.

    Did seriously impede their organizational growth? I do not see it. The Al Qaeda brand spread to North Africa, became ever more firmly entrenched in Yemen and was established in Syria.

    It does not look like it was diminished but that it grew.

    When Obama took over from bush, Al Qaeda was something that could be put to the back of our minds while we considered the Great Recession. Now 6 years later it seems as though we a re stuck between Charybdis (Depression) and Scylla (Al Qaeda).

    Wow , what has Obama done but make things worse.

    Now on top of Charybdis and Scylla, Obma has given us a 3rd problem, a completely broken border.

    • Pete

      Crossing our border will be easy for Al Qaeda with any kind of weapon, because Obama has made it so easy even a child can cross the American border.

      • cassie1655

        There is no doubt in my mind that there will be another 9/11 here on our soil. We can’t have at least 30+ terrorist cells across our land and not expect something to happen. There has already been proof that terrorists have crossed over our border and then disappeared. Why NObama hasn’t been arrested is beyond me! Congress has every right and the power to call in the military and have NObama arrested, along with his regime, but they are too scared of losing that almighty vote!

        http://toprightnews.com/?p=4231

        • Pete

          I read the article at the link. I’ll assume it is ordinary crime using the approach Occam’s razor.

          Still the new thinking is that criminal organization and terrorists work quite well together. There is a lot of organized crime in Mexico. I would suspect that some terrorists are paying to cross the border in tunnels built by the drug cartels.

          You said there were 30+ terrorists cells. Is that a guess or do you have a link?

          I do know of the training camps by various Muslim groups which our government takes notice of. Do you mean these, the camps with illegal crossers joining them or something else entirely?

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  • Texas Patriot

    Let’s be fair, Daniel. Perhaps Obama did underestimate the broad appeal of ISIS and its new Khalifa Ibrahim Al Baghdadi. Who didn’t? Until one or two days ago, you were still calling ISIS by the name of its now defunct and discredited predecessor, Al Qaeda, as if the two organizations were basically indistinguishable. Here’s a question for you. When did the millionaire dilettante founder of Al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, ever appear and give a sermon at a mosque, asking the religious faithful to advise him when he was wrong? The truth of the matter is that the world has probably not seen an Islamic leader with a level of religious sincerity comparable to Khalifa Ibrahim Al Baghdadi for at least several hundred years.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The reality is the only reason we are vulnerable to violent jihad attacks today here on the US homeland is because we have millions of Muslims already living here in our midst in the USA for the purposes of mass Muslim infiltration and eventual demographic conquest, which is a non-violent stealth and deceptive form of jihad. However, that doesn’t mean that some of them couldn’t resort to violence at almost any given time as Nidal Hasan did.

    Nevertheless, if we banned and reversed mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage, because it is really non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad for the nefarious purposes of mass Muslim infiltration and eventual demographic conquest, violent and non-violent jihad in America would become virtually impossible since zero Muslims would equals zero jihad. It’s common sense.

    Besides mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage, because it is really non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad, represents an exponentially far greater threat for the infidel world relative to AQ and its ilk. As a matter of fact, via mass Muslim infiltration and demographic conquest the infidel world can be defeated. However, via military force, on the other hand, because the Islamic totalitarian world is so backwards and dysfunctional relative to the infidel world, they can never hope to defeat us.

    Thus, mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage represents an exponentially far greater threat for the infidel west and should immediately be banned and reversed ASAP.